Chapter 28

  1. 1. He that reuengeth shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keepe his sinnes (in remembrance.)
  2. 2. Forgiue thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done vnto thee, so shall thy sinnes also be forgiuen when thou prayest.
  3. 3. One man beareth hatred against another, and doeth he seeke pardon from the Lord?
  4. 4. Hee sheweth no mercy to a man, which is like himselfe: and doeth hee aske forgiuenesse of his owne sinnes?
  5. 5. If he that is but flesh nourish hatred, who will intreat for pardon of his sinnes?
  6. 6. Remember thy end, and let enimitie cease, [remember] corruption and death, and abide in the Commandements.
  7. 7. Remember the Commaundements, & beare no malice to thy neighbour: [remember] the Couenant of the highest, and winke at ignorance.
  8. 8. Abstaine from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sinnes: for a furious man will kindle strife.
  9. 9. A sinfull man disquieteth friends, and maketh debate among them that be at peace.
  10. 10. As the matter of the fire is, so it burneth: and as a mans strength is, so is his wrath, and according to his riches his anger riseth, and the stronger they are which contend, the more they will be inflamed.
  11. 11. An hastie contention kindleth a fire, and an hasty fighting sheddeth blood.
  12. 12. If thou blow the sparke, it shall burne: if thou spit vpon it, it shall bee quenched, and both these come out of thy mouth.
  13. 13. Curse the whisperer, and double tongued: for such haue destroyed many that were at peace.
  14. 14. A backbiting tongue hath disquieted many, and driuen them from nation to nation, strong cities hath it pulled down, and ouerthrowen the houses of great men.
  15. 15. A backbiting tongue hath cast out vertuous women, and depriued them of their labours.
  16. 16. Who so hearkeneth vnto it, shall neuer finde rest, and neuer dwel quietly.
  17. 17. The stroke of the whip maketh markes in the flesh, but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones.
  18. 18. Many haue fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as haue fallen by the tongue.
  19. 19. Well is hee that is defended from it, and hath not passed through the venime thereof: who hath not drawen the yoke thereof, nor hath bene bound in her bands.
  20. 20. For the yoke thereof is a yoke of yron, and the bands thereof are bandes of brasse.
  21. 21. The death therof is an euil death, the graue were better then it.
  22. 22. It shall not haue rule ouer them that feare God, neither shall they be burnt with the flame thereof.
  23. 23. Such as forsake the Lord shall fall into it, and it shall burne in them, and not be quenched, it shalbe sent vpon them as a Lion, and deuoure them as a Leopard.
  24. 24. Looke that thou hedge thy possession about with thornes, and binde vp thy siluer and gold:
  25. 25. And weigh thy words in a ballance, and make a doore and barre for thy mouth.
  26. 26. Beware thou slide not by it, lest thou fall before him that lieth in wait.

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